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Dateline: Events/Week of October 15, 1995 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Million Man March News Update

As thousands gather in Washington, “Million Man” organizer and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakahan attacks as “self-righteous fools” professional black men who are refusing to join the rally. 

Some 400,000 black men stand should-to-shoulder in Washington D.C. at the “Million man March” and are urged to dedicate their lives to curing the ills afflicting black America. The event featured a number of speakers.

Louis Farrakhan has a goal – of a 3rd political power not bound to any party. “We intend to be a force in the next election." "We intend never again that our vote and our presence will be taken for granted by anyone,” said the activist.

More news - October 15, 1995

President Clinton urges black and white Americans to “clean our house of racism” Clinton said black men must take more responsibility for themselves and their families and blacks must understand why whites recoil in fear from the violence of some black neighborhoods.

The U.S. Treasury Department says that it will cut back on near-term borrowing to avoid an extraordinary financial crisis at the end of this month. The plan affects offerings of short-term T-bills and some government securities.

The GOP-controlled House approves a Medicare bill that will reshape the 30-year-old health insurance program. It would yield some $270 billion in savings by 2002, mostly by curtailing payments to doctors and hospitals and increasing out-of-pocket payments for beneficiaries.

House Speaker Newt Gingrich proposes a multibillion-dollar plan under which the federal government would fully reimburse states for providing medical care to illegal aliens.

President Clinton says he supports a federal measure that would outlaw job discrimination against gay men and lesbians. He’s the first President to do so.

In his weekly radio address, President Clinton urges the nation’s men to join him in pledging to “never, never lift a hand against a woman” and chastised the Republican-led House for attempting to restrain the Administration efforts to protect battered women. 


Some best-selling books – October 15, 1995

Come to Grief – Dick Francis

The Lost World – Michael Crichton

Dead Man’s Walk – Larry McMurtry

The Horse Whisperer – Nicholas Evans

Emotional Intelligence – Daniel Goleman

My American Journey – Colin Powell

A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures – Ben Bradlee

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success – Deepak Chopra


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – October 15, 1995

Tom Hanks rates tops - for the second straight year in Entertainment Weekly’s annual list of Hollywood’s most powerful people.

Robin Williams will be back as the (Aladdin) Genie in a direct-to-video movie – “Aladdin And The King Of Thieves.” It’s the third and final installment of the “Aladdin” series following direct-to-video sequel “Return To Jafar,” which sold 10 million. Look for the newest sometime next year.  

Get ready for another Batman movie – as “Batman Forever” will make its home video splash on Halloween. A 128-foot “Batblimp” will be seen in the skies in major cities beginning in San Diego.


Top TV Shows/Ratings – October 15, 1995

ER – 24.7

Seinfeld – 22.3

Friends – 19.3

Caroline in the City – 18.5

Frasier – 17.9

Single Guy – 16.7

Monday Night Football – 16.2

Baseball Playoffs – 14.6

20/20 – 14.1

Wings – 14.1

Baseball Playoffs – 14.0

Dateline NBC (Tues.) – 13.8

60 Minutes – 13.8

Baseball Playoffs – 13.3

Murphy Brown – 12.9

Newsradio – 12.9

Movie-Trail of Tears – 12.8

Dateline NBC (Wed.) – 12.7

Chicago Hope – 12.3

Pursuit of Happiness – 12.3

America’s Funniest Home Videos – 12.1

Lois & Clark/Superman – 12.1

Baseball Playoffs – 12.1

Walker, Texas Ranger – 12.0

Movie-City Slickers – 11.8

The Nanny – 11.7

Dave’s World – 11.5

Cybill – 11.4

Dazzle – part 1- 1.3

Almost Perfect – 10.6 


Television news – October 15, 1995

Singer Brandy Norwood “Brandy” will star in her own TV series. UPN has ordered 13 episodes of “Moesha” in which the 16-year-old plays an outspoken teen growing up in Los Angeles.

Nickelodeon announces plans for a half-hour of prime time programming for children from Sunday to Friday nights. One of the new cartoons – “The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss” is being created by Jim Henson’s studio. 

“CBS News This Morning” gets another makeover with a new studio and a live audience.  


Music news – October 15, 1995

Keith Moore, Sting’s financial adviser is jailed for six years for stealing $9.4 million from the British singer/songwriter. 

 “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” Bruce Springsteen’s anticipated solo acoustic album will be released November 21. Look for a tour – but mostly in theaters in the U.S. and Europe.

Sweet 75 featuring former Nirvana bassist Krist Noveselic is making the rounds.

Look for a number of books on “The Grateful Dead” One of the most notable is “Garcia,” a collection of articles and photos from Rolling Stone magazine. There’s also one coming from the band’s longtime manager – Rock Scully called “Living With The Dead.”

LL Cool J is about to release a sixth album – “Mr. Smith.” It doesn’t hurt the rapper appears on NBC’s “In The House.” He joins the list of rappers who have made a transition into TV/movie acting – Fresh Prince, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Queen Latifah, Ice-T, Ice Cube, Tone Loc, Kid ‘n Play and Biz Markie.

Black Entertainment Television (BET) is putting the final touches on a new 24-hour all-jazz channel. Programming should start in January.


Radio news – October 15, 1995

Hip Hop formats doing well. In New York City – Hot 97 hits a 6.6 share. KPWR-FM in Los Angeles remains #1 overall.

Westwood One is finalizing plans to syndicate Z-100’s (New York) “Love Phones” and KROQ’s (Los Angeles) “Lovelines.” Both are late night sex/relationship type programs. Also, Westwood One has teamed with Spin Magazine and offers the biweekly 90-minute interview-and-music program “Spin Sessions.”


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – October 15, 1995

Runaway – Janet Jackson

Fantasy – Mariah Carey

Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio Featuring L.V.

Only Wanna Be With You – Hootie & The Blowfish

Kiss From A Rose – Seal

As I Lay Me Down – Sophie B. Hawkins

Waterfalls – TLC

You Are Not Alone – Michael Jackson

Tell Me – Groove Theory

Brokenhearted – Brandy

Carnival – Natalie Merchant

Roll To Me – Del Amitri

Back For Good – Take That

Run Around – Blues Traveler

I Can Love You Like That – All-4-One

Name – Goo Goo Dolls

Who Can I Run To – Excape

I’ll Be There For You/This House Is Not A Home – The Rembrandts

Do You Sleep? – Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories

I Got 5 On It – Luniz


Top/popular music albums – October 15, 1995

Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morissette

Dangerous Minds – Soundtrack

Daydream – Mariah Carey

All I Want – Tim McGraw

Starting Over – Reba McIntire

Cracked Rear View – Hootie & The Blowfish

CrazySexyCool – TLC

Ballbreaker – AC/DC

Greatest Hits 1985-1995 – Michael Bolton

The Women In Me – Shania Twain

One Hot Minute – Red Hot Chilli Peppers

 E. 199 Eternal – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Frogstomp – Silverchair

Four – Blues Traveler

Sixteen Stone – Bush

The Gold Experience – PNG

Games Rednecks Play – Jeff Foxworthy

The Show – Soundtrack

Throwing Copper – Live

Father And Son – Gerald Levert & Eddie Levert Sr.


Top Modern Rock Tracks – October 15, 1995

Hand In My Pockett – Alanis Morissette

Name – Goo Goo Dolls

Comedown – Bush

Lump – Presidents of the USA

Geek Stink Breath – Green Day

My Friends – Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Possum Kingdom – Toadies

A Girl Like You – Edwyn Collins

I’ll Stick Around – Foo Fighters

Tomorrow – Silverchair

Time Bomb – Rancid


Top hit music singles in Britain – October 15, 1995

Fairground – Simply Red

Boombastic – Shaggy

Mis-Shapes/Sorted For E’s & Wizz – Pulp

You Are Not Alone – Michael Jackson

 When Love & Hate Collide – Def Leppard

Who the F**K Is Alice? – Smoke

Light of my Life – Louise

Stayin’ Alive –N-Trance Feat. Ricardo Da Force

Fantasy – Mariah Carey

I’ll Be There For You – Rembrandts


Top Country Hit Music Singles – October 15, 1995

Better Things To Do – Terri Clark

She’s Every Woman – Garth Brooks

Dust On The Bottle – David Lee Murphy

I’m Not Strong Enough To Say No – Blackhawk

I Like It, I Love It – Tim McGraw

If the World Had A Front Porch – Tracy Lawrence

No Man’s Land – John Michael Montgomery

Check Yes Or No – George Straight

Let’s Go To Vegas – Faith Hill

Safe In The Arm’s Of Love – Martina McBride

(This Thing Called) Wantin’ And Havin’ It All – Sawyer Brown


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